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Image of the 'Stargold birdbath' 1940 by Eleonore Lange in the grounds of the Special School, Glenfield

circa 1940

Eleonore Lange

Germany, Australia

28 Oct 1893 - 20 Aug 1990

From the


Eleonore Lange designed this birdbath for the grounds of the Special School, Glenfield. It was produced in cast stone. The inspiration for the sculpture is the story of ‘The Star money’ (German ‘Die Sterntaler’), a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. It tells of the generosity of a poor girl, who gives away everything to those in need. As she stood naked and with nothing left to give away, stars fell to earth, turning to gold as she collected them. The birdbath was Lange's last major work, as she largely withdrew from sculpting after its completion.

This photograph is one in a series of the birdbath taken by Austrian-Australian photographer Margaret Michaelis.



circa 1940

Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


13.3 x 8.4 cm

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Gift of Frank Hinder 1990


Not on display

Accession number